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A Historic Backdrop Frames Forbidden Love In 'The Paying Guests'

2 hours 2 min ago

Sarah Waters' latest novel, set in 1920s London, examines the moral consequences of passion. Though slightly too long, this book brings the past to life with exquisite clarity.

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Before You Take A Bite Of That Mushroom, Consider This

2 hours 40 min ago

Guess what scientists found lurking inside a common-looking packet of supermarket porcini? Three entirely new species of fungi. That's what happens when you DNA sequence your dinner.

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From Sideman To Star: A New Film Captures Jimi Hendrix's Pivotal Year

2 hours 55 min ago

Jimi: All Is By My Side focuses on the year Hendrix changed his name and recorded his first album. Director John Ridley and star André Benjamin (a.k.a. André 3000) talk about portraying the guitarist.

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After WWI, A Mother And Daughter Must Take In 'Paying Guests'

4 hours 41 min ago

Sarah Waters' spellbinding novel — about two women in 1920s London — is no simple period piece. Waters is a superb storyteller with a gift for capturing the layered nuances of character and mood.

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Rosh Hashana's Sacred Bread Offers Meaning In Many Shapes And Sizes

5 hours 32 min ago

Making challah for the Jewish New Year lets the baker take a moment to reflect on life's blessings. The bread can be shaped into the traditional round, or a lion or bird to echo Bible verses.

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How Not To Handle A New Voice In TV

10 hours 10 min ago

The firestorm kicked off by a New York Times analysis of TV's most successful black female showrunner mostly highlights how some struggle to handle new voices taking over the cultural conversation.

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Book News: Gabriel Garcia Marquez Books Go Digital

11 hours 7 min ago

Nine of the late writer's works are coming out as e-books in English. Also: a survey shows (again) a lack of diversity in publishing, and Ray Bradbury's ode-worthy gardening tool gets an asking price.

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A Feisty Writer Spars With Her Young Protege

11 hours 23 min ago

Brian Morton's Florence Gordon is about the relationship between a tough, 75-year-old feminist icon and her granddaughter. It's self-aware, funny and full of characters that are entirely believable.

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'My Life' Asks: How Do You Leave A War Behind?

11 hours 23 min ago

Poet Brian Turner's My Life as a Foreign Country is a lyrical, haunting memoir of his military family, his service in Bosnia and Iraq, and the struggle he faced to adjust to life on the home front.

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Now That's An Artifact: See Mary Cassatt's Pastels At The National Gallery

14 hours 55 min ago

Cassatt gave the three well-loved, wooden boxes of pastels to a friend's 10-year-old granddaughter, who later recalled: "I wasted lots of them on playing and swapping them with my friends."

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Remembering The 'Short And Tragic Life Of Robert Peace'

15 hours 57 sec ago

Robert Peace, a 30-year-old African-American, was a Yale University graduate and an almost straight-A student in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. He also dealt marijuana.

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An 'Epilogue' That Makes Sense Of The Chaos Of Memory

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 3:57pm

In his episodic memoir, Will Boast meets the siblings he never knew while navigating family deaths and secrets. Critic Ellah Allfrey finds Epilogue conceptually ambitious, but lacking in execution.

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Mia Wasikowska On The Sounds Of Camels And The Lure Of Travel

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 3:24pm

Melissa Block talks to actress Mia Wasikowska about her new film, Tracks, which follows a woman on a long journey with only camels and a dog for company.

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Sandwich Monday: The Abe Lincoln

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 2:48pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we eat a mashed potato and sausage log tribute to our beloved 16th president. After this meal, the better angels of our nature may need CPR.

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Got Dessert? Slather On The Salted Caramel, Or Just Nibble Some

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 1:59pm

Once a high-end fad, the salted caramel dessert has made inroads into the most mainstream of American food chains, TGI Fridays. Maybe it was inevitable, given our historic cravings for salt and sweet.

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Fall TV Preview: 'Gotham,' 'Scorpion' And 'Black-ish'

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 1:18pm

For major broadcast networks, Monday is the official start of the 2014-15 TV season. Fresh Air's critic has a not-very-long list of new shows you should make an effort to sample.

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Ron Perlman On 'Sons Of Anarchy' And His Many On-Screen Transformations

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 1:18pm

Perlman played the ruthless leader of a motorcycle gang on the FX series. In his new book, Easy Street (The Hard Way), he talks about having a face "that was not ugly but surely one of its kind."

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Deggans Picks 'Gotham,' 'Black-ish,' 'The Flash' Among Fall TV's Best

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 9:33am

As the fall TV season begins this week, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans gives his picks on new shows to watch and a few to avoid (or hate watch, if you like).

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The Only One: A Talk With Shonda Rhimes

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 8:13am

On Friday night, Shonda Rhimes spoke about her hugely successful television career, her love of the National Spelling Bee, and the piece that called her an "angry black woman."

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'Sally Heathcote' Rescues Women's Suffrage From The Doldrums

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 6:03am

A working-class activist anchors this graphic novel portrayal of British suffrage. Sally Heathcote is a compelling mix of visual ingenuity and historical accuracy.

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